A Great Briton? The national myth of Margaret Thatcher by Ellie Roberts

I’ve been slightly overwhelmed by all the media coverage over the past few days, so I wrote this on Thatcher for SLC Postgrads. Enjoy.

School of Languages and Cultures Postgrads

At first glance, my PhD has nothing to do with the furore – across the political spectrum – over the death of former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher after the news broke yesterday. But I was struck by the fervour of the criticism and the praise, how the chants of ‘Tramp the Dirt Down’ were contrasted with heartfelt eulogies to her conviction and leadership, and particularly how the political and social upheavals of the 1980s came back to haunt the 2010s. Last night people across Britain relived memories of her time in office, shared links to old newspaper articles and photographs on Twitter, discussed her personality and her politics and what this all means today. The Thatcher years, for the time being at least, are back.

So what does this have to do with my PhD research? I focus on nineteenth-century Germany, and I’m particularly interested in nation and the creation…

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